April Fools Day–Gettin’ ready!

You KNOW I like to take care of you, right? 


RIGHT!


I want to take care of you so much that I’m posting my April Fools’ Day blog early this year, so you have time to prepare for your own foolery!  


Did you know April Fools’ Day began when the Christian world adopted the new Gregorian calendar, which shifted the start of the New Year from spring to January 1?  Well, unfortunately, not everyone got the memo. Many folks, particularly those who lived out in the country, were left unaware of the change. They kept right on ringing in the New Year on April 1st.


These uninformed April celebrators were taunted as “fools” who would believe anything. And April Fools’ Day–a day devoted to tricking people into believing that something false is true–was born!

First a few of my favorites that I’ve done so many times, no one in my family falls for it anymore:

Make your own spilled fake coffee with a cup, glue and some paint!  (Hot chocolate looks great too!) Set your fake spill on your teenager’s homework or computer key board and get ready to laugh.   muhahahaha…..


I’ll warn you now though it takes DAYS for the glue to dry – so if you want to make one, better do it today!
 Directions:  HERE


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Don’t these look like a yummy dessert?


Well, April Fools – they are Meatloaf with mashed potato frosting cupcakes HERE
(Perfect dinner, huh?)   TONs more faux food ideas HERE


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And how about the ole “Drinking glass and straw with jello instead of a drink”  (Yep, bet that takes A LOT of suction….hee hee)


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Found a couple new ones that I plan to try on Matt this year:


First I’m going to do “Who Goes There” details HERE.  What a funny way to start the day!


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How about a Balloon Surprise as someone opens a door?  HERE

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Of course everyone’s favorite – rubberband the sink nozzle so it’s ready to squirt an unsuspecting hand washer: HERE

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And lastly, how about a “Mouse Trap”    Put a post-it note over the eye (or ball) of the victim’s computer mouse.  When your victim tries to use the computer the cursor won’t move.  Be sure to write “April Fools!” on the note!


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Please make sure you tell me what you tried and how your April Fools pranks worked out…I’m dying to hear!


I will leave you with what is considered to be the best April Fools day prank of all time (from way back in 1957!)

The Great Spaghetti Tree Hoax

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On April 1, 1957 the British news program Panorama concluded its nightly program by showing a film report on the abundant spaghetti harvest that had recently taken place in Switzerland. Lasting less than three minutes, the account was narrated by Richard Dimbleby, Britain’s most respected journalist and Panorama’s lead “news presenter.”


While the camera moved among a Swiss family apparently picking strands of spaghetti from a tree and placing them in baskets to dry in the sun, Dimbleby narrated that the bountiful harvest was due to an unusually mild winter and to the “virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil.” He also detailed how the pasta’s uniform length and rich flavor was the result of decades of experimentation by spaghetti farmers and researchers.


The clip ended with a group of area residents enjoying the alleged fruit of the harvest and Dimbleby commenting, “For those who love this dish, there’s nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti.” Returning to live broadcast, he ended the day’s program by saying, “Now we say goodnight, on this first day of April,” with noticeable emphasis on the final phrase.
For more details on that hoax, look HERE



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